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Visiting the Sapporo Agriculture College, Hokkaido University


Hi everyone welcome back to Sapporo, the
largest city (population of around 4 million people) in Hokkaido. I am on
the campus of Hokkaido University, and what I wanted to share with you here is
this bust of Dr. Professor William S. Clark, who was the founding faculty–
president of, I guess not faculty– founding president of the Sapporo
Agricultural College in the late 1800s. He was a professor in Amherst,
Massachusetts and he was brought in, recruited to to lead the support
agricultural college during the Meiji expansion when Japan
transitioned from being a feudal, inward-looking society into being much
more in the model of European, outward-looking,
trade embracing, a little more colonial or Empire-oriented. And so this professor,
who was very good about agriculture, Officially he taught chemistry, I
believe, but was very skilled in understanding botany and agriculture as
well, was brought in to found the Sapporo Agricultural College and that’s I’m on
in the middle of the university campus here. The Agricultural College is
those buildings behind me, some of the oldest buildings on campus about a
hundred and thirty one hundred and fifty years old. (that’s a ball park I don’t
know exactly when they were built but that’s around when the college was
formed). So, some of the things that happened with the Sapporo Agricultural
College, was that farmers learned how to grow crops that were more suited to the
climate of Hokkaido because Hokkaido had not traditionally been settled by
Japanese and hadn’t been used for farming a lot at all. Things like
developed …. Sorry, so under the leadership of President Clark the
college started innovating in importing different food crops like strains of
wheat, other grains, developing varieties of
rice that were more hardy to cold weather and cold climates and short
growing seasons, and also innovating crops like Japanese hybrids of potato
crops and the like. So that’s a little bit of history here of agriculture in the
island and as part of the role that an educational institute played in it and
that’s all I have for now. Hopefully this has been enjoyable I’m going to end the
discussion of agriculture at this point and we’re gonna start talking more about
globalization in pop culture with the next week of material as well as for my
geography 200 classes I’ll be focusing a little bit more on development and path
to development for different countries including international trade thanks a
ton I’ll talk y’all soon.

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